In a today’s press conference, Google introduced “the next dimensions” of its Google Maps. The presentation included a lot of history of the Google Maps, Earth and Street View and a peek at what is expected. The announcements are particularly important given the rumors that Apple is going to replace Google Maps with its own maps application in iOS.
An inventory check of Apple's online store reveals that the basic Quad-Core Mac Pro model isn’t any more available for in-store pickup, meaning that the computers are either sold out or Apple is preparing to introduce refreshed Mac Pros, probably, at the next week WWDC.
KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo said in a note to investors earlier this week that Apple's sixth-generation iPhone could include a front-facing camera capable of HD resolution. He also believes that Apple could employ a flip-chip (FC) solution for the front-facing camera on the upcoming iPhone so that the camera’s position would be moved to the middle.
You’ve obviously heard that Apple is going to refresh its Maps application in the forthcoming iOS6 and move away from Google Maps that Apple has used since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, replacing it by the company’s own service.
The Wall Street Journal chronicles the last five years that have saw Google and Apple going from best of corporate friends to sworn enemies spending a great deal of time disparaging each other in courts. The latest confrontation seems to be closely connected with Maps.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple is going to update “at least four” out of company’s five Mac lines at Worldwide Developer Conference on June 11. Apple’s current Mac families are MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro and Mac mini. The most likely candidate for an update is the MacBook Pro that has been reported by multiple sources to be adopting a slimmer form factor with the upgrade.
9to5Mac reports that one of the features in forthcoming iOS 6 is Siri version for the iPad. Currently Apple’s voice assistant is supported only by the iPhone 4S. As for the new iPad, the device has dictation with voice recognition, but not seeing the inclusion of full Siri support at its launch earlier this year.
Along with several features found in iOS 5, Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion also includes some features that will appear in the upcoming iOS 6. According to 9to5mac’s sources, iOS 6 will have Mail VIPs, iCloud Tabs support and a Notification Center enhancement.
Analyst Brian White with Topeka Capital Markets met this week with his contacts in the supply chain who let him know that Apple is gearing up for what is expected to be an "exciting" September, where the company could launch both its next-generation iPhone, as well as smaller iPad.
White suggests that Apple is likely to launch its next-generation smartphone in September, rather than October. As far as you remember, the iPhone 4S was introduced in October, which was a few months later than the iPhone launch window that Apple had utilized in prior years.